Mumbai: The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Friday filed its chargesheet in the murder case of Arun Kumar Tikku, the father of Actor Anuj Tikku. Accused Vijay Palande, Dhananjay Shinde, Gajkosh and small time model Simran Sood have been charged of criminal conspiracy and murder.
In its 630-page chargesheet, the police claimed that Tikku was murdered so that Palande could get his hands on a flat owned by his son. In addition to the chargesheet, over 1000 pages of the relevant call data records have also been added.
Palande, Dhananjay Shinde and Manoj Gajkosh, all former associates of gangster Santosh Shetty, were nabbed on April 10 in connection with the murder of Arun Tikku.
Palande, who introduced himself as Karan Sood, had first met the victim's actor-son Anuj through starlet Simran Sood. Palande had told Anuj that Sood was his sister.
Preliminary probe had suggested that the trio had conspired to take hold of the three flats of the deceased in a high-rise building in the posh Lokhandwala area, police said.
The police also claimed to have collected evidence to show that Palande had coaxed Bollywood actor Anuj Tikku to pen down a suicide note after drugging him in a bid to eliminate him and then stage it as a suicide.
The suicide note, allegedly written by Anuj, was recovered from the bank locker of Palande, police said adding that the accused had planned to kill Anuj after murdering his father with an intention to usurp the latter's prime property in Lokhandwala area of suburban Oshiwara in Mumbai.
Palande has also been charged for the murders of Delhi-based businessman Arun Kumar Tikku and aspiring film producer Karan Kakkad.
According to the police, Palande, during interrogation in the Tikku murder case, confessed that he killed Kakkad in May 2012 and dumped his body on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Police later recovered decomposed body parts of Kakkad from forests at Kumbharli Ghat in Chiplun near Mumbai.